In the question of filling out prescriptions for birth control and so-called “abortion pills”, I have been firmly on the side that says that pharmacists should be required to fill any valid prescription regardless of their personal beliefs. As professionals licensed by the state, they can be held to such a standard.
But this thread has me reconsidering. It seems that certain drugs used in state-sanctioned executions are recently unavailable, and some states are turning to local pharmacies to fulfill what amount to “execution prescriptions”.
I wish I had a satisfying answer to this, as I am completely opposed to the death penalty. And I certainly believe that no one should be mandated to take part in an exection involuntarily. I can’t shake the belief that a pharmacist who prepares the execution drug is certainly an integral part of the process, and as such should be able to opt out.
Fortunately or not, I can conceive of a way to write the rules governing pharmacists that mandates them to provide contracetiptives and allow them to take a pass on exectution – that is, unless the rules contain a clear definition of what constitutes human life. And such a rules would never make it through the current political system to be adopted.
What’s your thinking on this? I’m not really clear enough on it myself to frame it as a clear-cut debate topic.